Shailu Suresh’s sim­ple Ayurvedic recipes to boost im­mu­nity and a healthy di­ges­tive sys­tem

Epicure - - HEALTH & WELLNESS FEATURE -

Con­sume the fol­low­ing on a daily ba­sis: • Cumin seeds aids di­ges­tion. Sip warm wa­ter boiled with cumin seeds through­out the day (¼ tsp per litre of wa­ter).

• Boil ¼ cup fresh cow’s milk with ¼ tsp of black pep­per pow­der and 1/8 tsp turmeric pow­der for a daily bed­time drink.

• Boil ¼ tsp liquorice pow­der, 1-2 cloves, 2-3 crushed black pep­per, ¼ inch cin­na­mon stick, ½ inch grated gin­ger, 1-2 car­damoms and 5-6 tulsi (holy basil) leaves, in 500ml of wa­ter un­til it re­duces to 150ml. Con­sume this within a day over 2-4 doses.

Adds Talya Lutzker, cer­ti­fied Ayurvedic prac­ti­tioner and founder of Ayurveda Ev­ery Day With Talya, “Ac­cord­ing to Ayurvedic medicine, food can and should be seen as treat­ment for what ails you. Food is trans­formed into vi­tal life-force en­ergy and with just a bit of plan­ning, you can trans­form most meals into an im­mune-boost­ing re­al­ity.” Lutzker counts com­mon Ayurvedic su­per­foods to in­clude ghee, turmeric, co­rian­der, gin­ger, tulsi, kombu and herbs like ash­wa­gandha, shatavari and as­tra­galus root.

She con­tin­ues, “Im­mu­nity is in­tri­cately linked to di­ges­tion. You can't nur­ture great di­ges­tion or im­mu­nity with­out op­ti­mal nu­tri­tion that heals and nour­ishes the gut. What you digest is what mat­ters, so your nu­tri­tion should be geared to what your body needs right now. Make it a prac­tice to con­tin­u­ously check in with how you feel and base your daily nu­tri­tion on what you feel. What you metabolise is what feeds your im­mune sys­tem first and fore­most, so en­sure you're giv­ing it lots of en­er­gis­ing nu­tri­tion reg­u­larly.” In fact, Lutzker’s favourite Ayurvedic well­ness mantra is,

‘In this mo­ment, what do I need?’

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